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Beautiful Beasties: A Creative Guide to Modern Pet Photography is quite a large title that tells you everything you could possibly need to know about pet photography.
Author Jamie Pflughoeft wrote the book for 'passionate hobbyists and professional pet photographers alike' so, whether you photograph pets as a job, or you simply can't get enough of the medium, then this book is for you.
It is very much a guide book, and is set out a lot like a school text book, with the addition of lots of photos of the top of the range pet photography that you can achieve by reading it.
First of all, the book goes through equipment, and what you may need for your photography, going through the pros and cons of different cameras, for example cropped sensor vs fill frame sensor, and lenses in the field of pet photography.
The book then delves into the world of working with animals as your model. As well and the photography tips that you'd expect in a book like this, you are also provided with handy hints and tips on how to control the animal, and let it be itself to achieve great photos. Extra patience is needed when working with animals, as they cannot be guaranteed to do exactly what you require of them all the time.
At the end of each chapter, there are exercises to go out and try to test your knowledge of the chapter, which is an ideal and easy to follow format for an enthusiast looking to improve their photography through reading this book.
The book is very precise, including check lists to go through before you even arrange a shoot. Then, it looks at photography basics such as focussing, metering, shutter speeds and exposure modes, something extremely important when working with fast moving animals.
It then looks at lighting and composition in detail, all with pets in mind, as the first this is safety when working with pets and electrical items. It is clear that Jamie is just as passionate about pets as he is photography.
There is a large chapter on post production, and a section about going pro, which will definitely help out any photographer thing about going in to pet photography professionally. There is also a section on business essentials. The whole package is covered in this book.
Overall, this book is great for those looking at, or are already involved in, pet photography. It may be a niche, but it is an area that will appeal to almost any pet lover who has a camera, and wants to improve the shots of their animal.